LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Aaron Harris at the Commonwealth Games

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Summary

  • Aaron Harris claims sixth place at Commonwealth Games triathlon
  • Overton man finishes course in 1:49:49
  • Harris 12th after the swimming section, 41sec behind the leader
  • Moves up to seventh after 40km cycle, 1:08 off the pace
  • Another place gained on 10km run, ends 1:59 behind winner
  • England's Alistair Brownlee wins gold, beating brother Jonathan into second place
  • South African Richard Murray takes the bronze medal
  • Have your say using the comment box below or #GoAaron on Twitter

5:15pm

See next week's Gazette for a post-race interview with Aaron.

Your next live sport on this site comes on Saturday, when Graham Merry will be providing live text commentary of Basingstoke Town's pre-season trip to Swindon Supermarine.

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hope you enjoyed it. A great day for Overton's Aaron Harris.

5:12pm

I hope Aaron is happy with his performance today. A great effort and a result that can help him kick on to even greater heights in the future.

He was the third British athlete home, so the Rio Olympics in two years should be an achievable aim if he can keep improving.

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4:55pm

AARON HARRIS FINISHES SIXTH IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES TRIATHLON

He was unable to catch Andrew Yorke or Bailie, who come in fourth and fifth, but Harris crosses the line 1:59 behind Alistair Brownlee in sixth place.

4:53pm

Murray high-fives the crowd before crossing the line for bronze, 1:31 behind the winner.

4:52pm

Alistair Brownlee has time to slow to a walk and pick up several flags before crossing the line to win in 1:48:50, with his brother coming in 11 seconds later.

4:48pm

It's a lap of honour for Alistair Brownlee, but he's not taking it easy. Pain written all over his face.

4:46pm

It seems that the medals have been decided, but there are some interesting battles going on further down the field, with Harris in the thick of it. 

Whatever happens, it's an excellent effort from the Overton athlete.

4:44pm

Looks like Murray will take bronze. He's 1:12 behind the leader with one lap left, but 32sec ahead of Canada's Andrew Yorke and Bailie.

Harris is sixth, eight seconds behind that duo with two other athletes for company. Can he finish in the top five?

4:40pm

Alistair Brownlee takes the bell 13 seconds ahead of his brother.

4:39pm

Harris is in a group of three athletes battling for sixth place. Fourth and fifth not too far ahead either.

4:36pm

The race is Alistair Brownlee's to lose now. He's moving away from his brother all the time.

4:33pm

Alistair is pulling away from his brother, who seems to be getting closed down by Murray.

4:32pm

At the end of the first lap of the running section, Alistair Brownlee leads his brother by five seconds.

Murray is 1:06 off the pace in third, while Harris is seventh, a further 22 seconds behind the South African.

A medal may be beyond him, but Harris is in with a chance of a top-five finish.

4:29pm

Sure enough, Murray is up to third. Harris is eighth.

At the front of the race, Alistair Brownlee has broken away from his brother.

4:27pm

Alistair Brownlee looks like he's right on the edge at the front of the race. Jonathan looks calm and collected.

4:26pm

Murray must be favourite to claim bronze. He's an outstanding runner and went onto the run just ahead of Harris. A good man to follow if possible.

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4:24pm

The good news for Harris is he was only nine seconds behind third-placed man Halksworth. Still needs an excellent run to pick up a medal.

4:22pm

Harris is onto the 10k run. He left transition in seventh place, 1:08 behind the Brownlees.

4:20pm

The Brownlees are through transition and out for the 10k run.

4:16pm

So, with Austin being dropped by the Brownlees, bronze medal is certainly up for grabs. Harris will need the run of his life though.

4:15pm

Davison and Bailie are back in the main pack, as is Austin. Jersey's Dan Halksworth has gone off the front of the group, looking to give himself a head start in the fight for a medal.

4:13pm

Looks like the Brownlees will fight it out for gold. Harris is towards the back of the chasing pack. Hope he's not struggling.

4:10pm

They are onto the final lap of the cycling section. At the end of the fourth lap, Harris was seventh over the line, 1:01 behind the leaders.

Out in front are the Brownlees. Austin looked spent as he crossed the line 19 seconds behind, while Bailie and Davison were a couple of seconds ahead of the big pack, headed by Harris.

4:06pm

The Brownlee brothers are dropping Austin. Tough on the young Scot, who will do well to hold on for a medal now.

4:04pm

Davison has gone off the front of the Harris group, taking Australian Ryan Bailie with him. Harris could do with getting up to them.

4:03pm

Davison is piling on the pressure at the front of the chase group as they climb up one of the hills. He's a hell of a cyclist.

3:58pm

Third lap of the cycling is over, and Davison has steadied the ship for the Harris pack.

He is one of three New Zealanders who lead the chasers through, and Harris is up there with them.

He goes through in 11th place, 1:02 behind the leader, so a four-second improvement.

3:54pm

Harris has been happy with his running this year, but a medal looks out of reach unless that gap comes down significantly.

3:53pm

Davison has gone to the front of the chase group. Harris cannot afford to be dropped as he piles on the pressure.

3:52pm

The front three continue to push on. Davison is not having much of an impact on the chase at the moment.

3:47pm

At the end of the second of five cycling laps, Harris is among the second group on the road. 

The four who were between the groups have been caught, so the only people out in front are the Brownlees and Austin.

Harris went through the finish line in eighth place, 1:06 behind the leaders, so he lost another nine seconds on that lap.

3:43pm

Davison is about to get into the Harris group. Can he pull them back into the race for the medals?

3:40pm

New Zealander Tom Davison, a really good cyclist, is getting up towards the Harris pack. He could help them close the gap on the leaders if he makes contact.

3:38pm

The pack Harris is in don't seem to be working together all that well and the three leaders continue to pull away.

There is another group of four between the leaders and the big pack as well.

3:34pm

At the end of the first cycling lap, Harris is 14th, 57sec behind the three leaders. He's in a big pack of athletes, but they are losing ground on the Brownlees.

3:29pm

It's a technical and hilly cycle section, and it gets the better of Schoeman, who overshoots a corner and loses his place in the leading pack. Down to three at the front.

3:28pm

Harris is in a group of around 12 athletes trying to chase the leaders. Looks like they are losing ground though.

3:26pm

Four athletes, including both Brownlee brothers, are out in front. Scotland's Marc Austin is alongside them, with South African Henri Schoeman.

3:23pm

Bad news for Harris. He is not among the leading pack at the end of the swim.

He emerged from transition in 12th place, 41 seconds behind leader Jonathan Brownlee, and in the second pack. South African Murray is alongside him, so all may not be lost just yet.

3:20pm

The leaders just lapped an athlete. He's still got a long way to go on his own.

3:18pm

Not far to go in the water now, so we'll soon get an idea how Harris is getting on. Transitions between the sections can be crucial.

3:16pm

The top 12 seem to be pulling clear, but I think Harris is in there. Would be a massive bonus if he can get in the front pack for the bike stage of the race.

3:12pm

At the halfway point in the swim, Harris sits 11th, 18 seconds behind leader Jonathan Brownlee. Alistair Brownlee was second out of the water.

There is a slight gap in the field, with the top seven athletes slightly clear. Harris needs to make sure he stays in touch.

3:10pm

The athletes will have to leave the water at the end of the first lap, only to dive back in. Should find out how Harris is getting on at that point.

3:08pm

Approaching the final stages of the first swimming lap and Jonathan Brownlee is in front.

3:07pm

Harris is wearing number nine because he is the ninth-ranked triathlete in the race based on performances in World Triathlon events.

3:06pm

They have just rounded the second marker buoy. The Brownlees are out in front.

3:04pm

Hard to tell how Harris is getting on at the moment. A mass of bodies in the water.

Harris is not the quickest swimmer, but he needs to stay in touch with the leaders to give himself a chance.

3:02pm

And we're under way.

3:02pm

English triathletes did really well in the women's race this morning. Jodie Stimpson won gold, with Vicky Holland claiming bronze.

3:00pm

South Africa's Richard Murray is considered the Brownlee brothers' biggest rival, and one man Harris must beat in order to get a medal.

2:58pm

It's a sunny afternoon at Strathclyde Country Park. The temperature is apparently 28 degrees.

2:58pm

Harris has just been introduced to the crowd. Quite a big cheer considering he's an Englishman in Scotland. He is wearing number nine.

2:56pm

Here's a bit more information about Aaron. He is 26 and grew up in Overton, attending Testbourne Community School.

He studied Sports Performance at the University of Bath and has trained full-time in Loughbrough for the last few years.

2014 has been his breakthrough year, with top-10 finishes in World Triathlon events in Cape Town and Yokohama earning him a place in the England team for the Commonwealth Games.

2:50pm

To see what Harris had to say to me earlier in the week, click here.

2:49pm

Harris will do well to challenge from a medal this afternoon as he is up against some top-class athletes.

The most well known are his England team-mates, Alastair and Jonathan Brownlee, who won gold and bronze respectively at the London Olympics.

They are expected to battle it out for gold, but there are several other top level athletes in the field.

2:43pm

For those of you new to triathlon, here's a bit of a crash course.

This afternoon's race, which is due to get under way at 3pm, is taking place at Strathclyde Country Park, just outside Glasgow.

It will begin with a 1,500m open water swim around Strathclyde Loch, two laps of a 750m course.

The athletes then emerge from the water to cycle five laps around the park, a total of 40km.

The event will be completed with a 10km run, three laps of a shorter circuit, with the winner likely to finish in under 1hr 50min. Amazing.

2:33pm

Good afternoon and welcome to live text commentary of this afternoon's triathlon race from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

I'll be focusing my attention on Overton's Aaron Harris, who is representing England alongside Olympic medalists Alastair and Jonathan Brownlee.

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